Stefanie D. Ellis-Gonzales, MSW, comes from a Deaf family and is a Deaf mother of 3 Deaf children, one of who has autism. She graduated with a BA in Psychology with Summa Cum Laude honors from Gallaudet University in 1997. She received her Masters of Social Work degree along with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from San Francisco State University in 2001. She works as a counselor for deaf students in the Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College in Fremont, California..
Stefanie is passionate about raising awareness and furthering opportunities for deaf individuals with autism, and has written and presented on the subject. Stefanie co-founded the nation’s first and only Autreat for D/HH families of D/HH children with autism in 2006. She is co-founder of Deaf Autism America (DAA), established for the purpose of increasing available education, resources, advocacy and networking opportunities for professionals and families of deaf children with autism.
Stefanie is a staunch supporter of maintaining high standards in deaf education. She has a strong volunteer ethic and is very active in community events, programs and organizations, and at California School for the Deaf, Fremont (CSD) where her children attend. She serves as Secretary for the Northern California Gallaudet University Alumni Association (NorCal GUAA). Stefanie is married to Len Gonzales and her family resides in the lovely San Francisco Bay Area.